The South Coast of Malta

Our third day in Malta was dedicated to the coast. After dedicating our first day to Valletta and the second to the east, we were headed south. We ate breakfast in our apartment and headed to the Blue Grotto in hopes of taking a boat tour. We stopped at the viewpoint overhead, which actually offers a great view into the grotto then headed down to the touristy dock area. Unfortunately, due to the wind, we couldn’t take a boat trip (you can call ahead, we probably should have). There were good views to be had anyway.

Next up was the temples of Hagar Quim. These were the third set of megalithic temples we were seeing on the trip, but definitely had the best exhibit and explanation. The 3D movie that you watch before visiting the temples is a bit cheesy but they did a good job guessing at what the temples would have looked like when they were in use.

Next was a walk along the Dingli Cliffs, where we wandered along the pavement and soaked up a bit of sun. We headed into the town of Dingli for lunch at Diar Il Bniet, a farm shop with excellent local food.  Definitely book ahead, it was packed when we went, but they were able to squeeze us in at a table in the shop. Not the most comfortable, but the food was delicious!

The heat was getting to us, so we deviated from our plan and headed to the beach at Golden Bay. We hiked down the stairs to the sand and the beach was full of sunbathers like ourselves! The water was gorgeous and not too chilly. After drying off and sneakily changing in the parking lot we were off to Mdina.

The Silent City did not disappoint. For a bit of cake with a great view, we headed to Fontanella Tea Garden for the sun set. Then we walked around the city, which is so photogenic in the dusky light.

When night finally fell, it was back to Valletta for dinner and packing up to catch our flight the next day.

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  1. Mdina has to be one of my favourite places in Malta but getting a bus there and back can be difficult!

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    1. Definitely- this was the one place that made hiring a car worth it!

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  2. Zac says:

    I didn’t know anything about Malta so thanks for your interesting post 🇲🇹 What made you want to visit Malta? I’m intrigued by it now ha 😀

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    1. We were looking for somewhere warm, and some friends had just come back and raved about it, so we did some research! It had history, great beaches and beautiful cities, so we decided to go for it! I’d definitely recommend it.

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      1. Zac says:

        Awesome! I’ll do my own research (including your blog ha) and have a good look into it. Sounds intriguing!

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  3. Those desserts look so delicious, and I’m jealous of the golden sands at the beach!!

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    1. It was the first proper sandy beach we’ve been to in a long while so I was pretty excited! and the desserts were as delicious as they looked 😉

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  4. Darlene says:

    What a splendid way to spend your final day on Malta. My husband, the coffee connoisseur, enjoyed the coffee on Malta (and the cakes of course).

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    1. We really enjoyed the coffee as well, and the pastizzi. Overall, the food was really good!

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  5. Esther says:

    Husband and I did the exact same route in a day, last summer. Such fun, it’s a beautiful place!
    #FarawayFiles

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    1. It’s a good route, glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. Annabel Kirk says:

    The more I read about Malta the more I want to visit! That beach looks particularly appealing right now! #farawayfiles

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    1. It does, I could use a bit of sun now! I hope you get a chance to visit it’s a fascinating island!

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  7. vdaltonbanks says:

    Malta looks beautiful. Love the look of Golden Bay, the light literally looks golden! #farawayfiles

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    1. It was a beautiful place for a swim and a lovely island to explore!

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  8. Those pesky grottoes! I’m sure you were disappointed not to see the Blue Grotto but it seems the day worked out in the end. What a beautiful place #farawayfiles

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    1. I was a little disappointed, but the rest of the scenery did not disappoint!

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  9. fifi + hop says:

    Malta’s definitely on my list – I have a friend from there and want to sneak into her suitcase the next time she goes back to visit. It looks so stunningly beautiful, I just know I would love it.Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit-it’s a stunning island and we had a lot of fun! Seeing it with a local would be great.

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  10. Clare Thomson says:

    These are some of the places we didn’t get to visit this summer so it’s great to read about your adventures, Amanda. I’d be very keen to visit Mdina next time. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Mdina is definitely worth a visit- I hope you get a chance to see it if you go back. You could take beautiful photos for days there.

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